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Dr Jenny Donovan

Dr Jenny Donovan, Chief Executive Officer 

Dr Jenny Donovan is the CEO of the Australian Education Research Organisation. Prior to this role, she established and led the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) as Executive Director for eight years. 

Dr Donovan began her career as a high school teacher in Sydney’s western suburbs. She has worked in a number of education roles in operational and policy areas, including some years as Deputy Director of a not-for-profit education assessment agency at the University of New South Wales. She was Managing Director of the National Learning Progressions and Online Formative Assessment Initiative; a national priority project for Australian education ministers. 

She holds a PhD in History from the University of Sydney.

Zid Mancenid

Zid Mancenido, Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation

Zid Mancenido is the Australian Education Research Organisation's Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation. Having started his career as a high school social sciences teacher in Canberra, Zid has experience working across education policy, practice and research, with organisations around the world including Teach for Australia, the Australian Government and the National Institute of Education (Singapore). Most recently, he taught courses in teaching quality and general pedagogy at Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Zid holds a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) degree from the Australian National University and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne. He also holds a Masters degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard, where he is currently completing his PhD in Education Policy and Programme Evaluation. 

Rowena Finnane

Rowena Finnane, Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations, and Company Secretary

Rowena Finnane is the Australian Education Research Organisation’s Strategy and Operations Manager. She began her career as a lawyer, providing legal, policy and strategic advice to a number of organisations and government departments. Rowena played a leading role in establishing the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE) and has led senior policy and strategic planning projects across the education sector. She is experienced in establishing new organisations and leading significant strategic change in the education sector.

Rowena holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Arts by research from the University of Sydney. She has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, was admitted as a Solicitor of Supreme Court of NSW and has a current Practising Certificate.

David Boyd

David Boyd, Senior Manager, Engagement and Impact

David Boyd is the Australian Education Research Organisation’s Impact and Engagement Manager. He has extensive experience in education policy design and implementation. Prior to joining AERO, he worked as a senior education specialist and head of education policy for a large non-government organisation in Brazil, where he oversaw national projects on curriculum implementation and teacher workforce development. He has also worked as an advisor to Education Ministers in the NSW and Australian Governments, with a particular focus on programs to address educational disadvantage.

David holds a Master of Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts (Social Policy) (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

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